I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Friday July 24: Matthew 13:18-23

My Reflections:
Four seeds were sown on four different surfaces: On the path, rocky ground, sown among thorns and rich soil. The seeds are the word of God and some of the disciples represent the four environments.

Jesus’ wanted the disciples to be the rich soil at all times (to hear the word, understand it and live it). But God has also given them the freedom of choice to choose what surface they would be.

We also have that freedom of choice to choose where we would be among the four surfaces. However, as far as Jesus is concerned He always wants us to be the rich soil. You may ask for what reason? The answer here is very simple: God wants us to be at His bosom in heaven when our earthly journey is over.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for MondayJuly 20: Matthew 19:38-42

My Reflections:
Majority of the scribes and the Pharisees were through and through against Jesus. They demand for a sign for what purpose? But Jesus knew them well; He knew the evil in their hearts.

We may not be like the scribes and the Pharisees who persecuted Jesus. But we are like them once in a while because sometimes we also demand for a sign from God. Especially when we are about to make major decisions we ask God for a sign.

For me, asking God for a sign is an indication of weak faith, come to think of it; why will we ask God for a sign if we have our full trust and faith in HIM?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for 14th Sunday in ordinary time July 5, Mark 6:1-6

My Reflection:
Envy and lack of faith is a powerful negative emotion that deprives us of peace of mind it also deprives us of unfathomable blessings from God. For example if we envy our neighbor because they have a higher status in life. We would normally try very hard to also match their lifestyle even at the expense of our own financial comforts.

When Jesus went back to His native place He was meet with scorn by His town mates because they envied Him. They were surprised of the miracles that He does they even questioned His miracles, they even belittled him.

They did this to Jesus because they know Him well as someone who was ordinary like them; they grew up with him they only focused on this aspect of Jesus’ life: His being human like them. They purposely closed their eyes on His God given abilities. Even if they were aware of it they refused to acknowledge the many miracles of Jesus.

What happened to them? Because of their doubt and unbelief Jesus was not able to perform mighty deeds for them. This is what happens to us also once we start to doubt on our faith on Jesus. We sometimes endeavor to do something we are full of motivation on the onset. Then due to our lack of faith on God and on ourselves we are suddenly enveloped with doubt thus, we fail.

Our faith and belief in Jesus will always be rewarded with something beautiful it may not come on the time that we want it. However, if we will be patient, if we will be willing to wait and never give up to work for it there will be an abundant reward that awaits us. …

Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Friday July 3: John 20:24-29

My Reflection:
Thomas did not believe that the risen Christ had appeared to the other disciples unless he saw and experience it for himself.

His wish was granted by Jesus when He appeared to them; He invited Thomas to put his fingers into his side and to see His wounded hands. Having that experience Thomas finally believed.

Majority of us are like Thomas, full of unbelief and doubts that Jesus will make a difference in our lives unless we see and experience the miracles. In living our Christian faith Jesus is challenging us to always walk by our faith and not by our sight. That’s why at the end of the gospel reading Jesus said: “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.

Are you a believer because of the miracles? Or are you a believer because of your faith in Jesus?